“A random click on the Web took me to Maryknoll.” Anastasia (Yunju) Lee) became a Catholic in 1999 and, because she had always been attracted to mission, she searched for “mission community” on the internet and thousands came up! A random click took her to the Maryknoll Sisters WEB site; she saw what they were doing and that they had been in Korea for years. She lived with some Maryknoll Sisters in Korea to see how they lived and worked, “They had special skills in medicine and teaching, but they saw local needs as important to respond to. I was impressed. Maryknoll was different, and I wanted to be part of it.”
After spending ten years as an English teacher in Korea, Anastasia (Yunju) entered the Maryknoll Sisters in 2005. She spent two years in the Orientation house in Chicago, participating in courses at Catholic Theological Union as well as other preparatory studies regarding mission and religious life. She worked in a soup kitchen for street people. She had already worked with street people in Korea. Her job was to serve the food and eat at the same table as the street people. “It was Eucharist for me. It lifted the barriers and we walked toward each other and shared our stories. I came to acknowledge their dignity, revealed in their own ‘street culture.’
On August 12, 2007, Sister Anastasia (Yunju) made her first profession of vows as a Maryknoll Sister in service to the universal mission of the church. Her mother came from Korea for the celebration. She and Sister Anastasia were a striking pair walking down the aisle in their beautiful Korean dresses. She was assigned to Kenya, and studied Swahili in Tanzania before joining the Maryknoll Sisters Peacebuilding team based in Kenya!
After giving service in several offices at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY, Sister Anastasia was assigned to Bolivia, effective June 1, 2010.